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Burnet County ban on commercial landfills to protect water, resources

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners recently approved an order prohibiting commercial landfill operations in unincorporated parts of the county to protect water and ground resources. (more…)

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PEC accepting nominations for director candidates in districts 1, 6, 7

PEC accepting nominations for director candidates in districts 1, 6, 7

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is accepting nominations from eligible candidates in districts 1, 6, and 7 who are interested in running for the cooperative’s board of directors. (more…)

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Burnet County dispatched sand truck crews Jan. 15 to areas where icy roadways could pose a risk to motorists. Courtesy photo

Highland Lakes cities, counties prep for threat of icy conditions

UPDATE: City of Burnet offices closed Jan. 16. UPDATE: Burnet CISD, Marble Falls ISD, Llano ISD, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls cancel classes Jan. 16. UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m., Burnet County officials opted to close county offices and services on Jan. 16 due to the potential for hazardous travel conditions.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD —  […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $22,487 grant Jan. 9 to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. Pictured are BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cummings (left), LCRA board member George Russell, BCSO Capt. Chris Jett, BCSO Sgt. Russell Kneese, Burnet County Commissioner Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, Burnet County Commissioner Billy Wall, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs Rep. Steve Dyer, and Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade portable radios with grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Lower Colorado River Authority grant has opened the door for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to begin replacing its obsolete portable radios with state-of-the-art equipment. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority representatives recently presented a $25,000 matching grant to the Rotary Club of Burnet for the restoration of Live Oak Park. The city of Burnet is contributing $50,000 to the upgrades to total about $100,000. Pictured are Adrienne Feild (front, left), Rotary youth services; Keith McBurnett, Rotary past president; Brenda Goble, Rotary executive secretary; Damon Beierle, Rotary director at large; David Vaughn, Burnet city manager; and Steve Dyer, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs representative. Also pictured are George Russell (back, left), LCRA board member; Craig Lindholm, Rotary vice president; Lora Cheney, Rotary secretary; Bill Drake, Rotary director; Caryn Paye, Rotary treasurer; Paul Farmer, Burnet City Council member; and Tres Clinton, Burnet City Council member. Courtesy photo

Burnet Rotarians accept $25,000 grant for Live Oak Park project

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority grant money awarded Jan. 9 will give a boost to a park project underway through a cooperative effort with the city of Burnet and the Rotary Club of Burnet. (more…)

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Interested in running for local office? Filing period approaching

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — If you’re upset or concerned with the way your local city or school district is going then maybe it’s time to get off the sidelines and into the mix this year. Maybe you like how things are going generally but want a few tweaks. Either way, if you want […]

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Texas Rangers investigating death of Llano County Jail inmate

Texas Rangers investigating death of Llano County Jail inmate

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Llano woman arrested Christmas Eve on a public intoxication charge who later died in an Austin hospital after suffering a “medical incident” while in custody at the Llano County Jail, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County rejects request for extended alcohol sales hours

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County officials voted against allowing businesses in unincorporated areas to extend the sale of alcoholic beverages to 2 a.m. Opponents cited concerns about a potential increase of drunken drivers. (more…)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will drop the level of Inks Lake by 8 feet beginning Jan. 2 for property owners to perform maintenance and repairs. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake drawdown begins Jan. 2

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Residents on Inks Lake will notice a difference starting Tuesday, Jan. 2. The Lower Colorado River Authority will begin lowering Inks Lake on that date, and officials say it will take until Friday, Jan. 5 to drop the level about 8 feet. The lake will remain lowered until Feb. 10 […]

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PEC offering free Christmas tree recycling through Jan. 8

JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is offering free Christmas tree recycling at its local offices. Bring natural, undecorated trees to the locations below for mulching. (more…)

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Opioids crisis

Burnet County considers joining Texas lawsuit over opioids crisis

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners could join a lawsuit with more than two dozen other Texas counties to recoup the cost from pharmaceutical companies they believe have fueled opioids abuse and placed a financial burden on entities and resources combating the crisis. (more…)

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Filing deadline is today statewide for primary candidates

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The filing deadline is Monday, Dec. 11, for those seeking the Republican or Democratic party nominations for the spring 2018 primaries. Typically closer to the end of the day, Republican and Democratic party leaders expect an onslaught of filings as candidates assess potential challengers. (more…)

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In light of a granted air quality permit for a mining operation in Burnet County, opponents say they will continue their fight due to concerns about the impact on air and water quality associated with the industry. File photo

TCEQ grants air quality permit to besieged Burnet County quarry operation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN —  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has given approval for a rock crusher operation to put down stakes in southern Burnet County despite hundreds of complaints from area landowners, municipalities, hospital representatives, and residents of Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties. (more…)

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Llano officer's Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

Llano officer’s Facebook posting of song lyrics leads to courthouse evacuation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY LLANO — Investigators are sorting through how a Llano police officer’s Facebook posting of a popular song’s lyrics led to a voluntary evacuation of at least one department at the Llano County Courthouse on the eve of Thanksgiving. (more…)

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PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

PEC program: No need to install costly equipment to take advantage of solar power

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY JOHNSON CITY — As many as 350 Pedernales Electric Cooperative members could have their utilities powered, in part, by solar energy as the cooperative prepares to offer a solar rate to applicants who opt into the program in December. (more…)

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DPS out in force to encourage safe Thanksgiving travels

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY – A key Or to safe holiday travel is knowing what local law enforcement will be looking for on the road and adopting a few good habits before embarking on a trip. (more…)

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Inks Dam hatchery tightens safety regulations after investigation

Inks Dam hatchery tightens safety regulations after investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery staff will follow a stricter set of operations guidelines following an investigation that confirmed improper exposure and procedures connected to pesticide and disinfectant use as well as asbestos abatement. (more…)

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PEC to give back $8.6 million in capital credits to members

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — As a way to pass along “profits” to customers, Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials will distribute $8.6 million in capital credits to members in their December bills. (more…)

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The drawdown of Inks Lake will be from Jan. 2-Feb. 13, 2018. Staff photo by JoAnna Kopp

Inks Lake property owners should pay heed to rules prior to drawdown

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Lower Colorado River Authority officials have asked lakeside property owners to follow a few steps prior to repair and dredging plans during an upcoming Inks Lake drawdown. (more…)

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Tom Stephens is running for the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. Courtesy photo

Longtime resident, community servant Tom Stephens seeks Pct. 2 commissioner spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With three times the signatures he needed to get a spot on the March primary ballot, fifth-generation Burnet County resident Tom Stephens officially filed Nov. 11 for the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley is seeking re-election. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Judge James Oakley seeking re-election

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County Judge James Oakley has announced his intention to seek re-election for that spot. He is running for the Republican nomination for the Burnet County judge seat in the March 6, 2018, primary. (more…)

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Lower Colorado River Authority official Ryan Rowney is seeking the Republican nomination for Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner. Courtesy photo

LCRA official Ryan Rowney seeks Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Ryan Rowney, a longtime local rancher and community leader, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner seat. (more…)

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Jeff Sellers has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace position. Courtesy photo

Emergency management expert Jeff Sellers running for Burnet County Precinct 3 JP spot

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — With an extensive background in emergency management and a number of other specialties, Burnet County resident Jeff Sellers has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office. (more…)

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Linda Bayless is seeking re-election as Burnet County Court-at-Law judge. Courtesy photo

Linda Bayless seeks re-election as Burnet County Court-at-Law judge

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — After a busy first term working to streamline Burnet County Court-at-Law procedures and reduce the court’s criminal caseload, Judge Linda Bayless has announced she will seek re-election for the position. (more…)

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Incumbents re-elected in Horseshoe Bay City Council race

Incumbents re-elected in Horseshoe Bay City Council race

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Voters overwhelmingly re-elected two incumbents to the Horseshoe Bay City Council, according to results of the Nov. 7 election from election officials in Llano and Burnet counties. (more…)

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Texans approve all 7 proposed constitutional amendments

Texans approve all 7 proposed constitutional amendments

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — Texas voters approved all seven proposed state constitutional amendments during the Nov. 7 election, according to results from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. (more…)

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